What is Autism?

What is Autism - Applied Behavioral Consulting Blog

A recent study conducted by the CDC (Centre for Disease Control and Prevention) revealed that 1 in 68 children in the United States is diagnosed with Autism. We’ve all heard of autism, but what exactly is it?

Autism is defined as a neurodevelopment disorder that impacts how an individual communicates and interacts with other people and the manner in which they perceive their surroundings. Parents will usually notice visible signs of the condition during the first two or three years of their child’s life. When a child is diagnosed with autism, choosing the ideal autism therapy and treatment is crucial.

Learning Will Vary

An autistic child’s capacity to learn will differ from other children. Sometimes an autistic child will be able to pick up and digest knowledge quicker than the rest, such as reading long words but won’t remember them later on. They may also choose a challenging route in learning before grasping the easy way. Autism behavior therapy will help in determining the best way of educating an autistic child and harnessing their unique way of processing knowledge and information.

Physical Tics and Obsessions

Physical tics – movements that are normally jerky in nature – are a typical symptom in people with autism. Physical symptoms can also vary from one autistic person to the next; some can control them pretty well while others simply cannot. Most autistic children also have obsessions that are hard to stop. Behavioral therapy for autism will help greatly in controlling physical tics and obsessions in autistic children. This will help channel the child’s obsession into another medium such as playing the piano or painting.

Not All Beliefs About Autism Are True

Many people believe that autistic people are incapable of feeling. Nothing could be further from the truth! Just like the rest of us, they also feel love, happiness, anguish, and fear. They may express feelings differently from us, but they certainly feel the same way all of us do. If you have someone in your family that is autistic, always remember that the person is just like you in more ways than you can imagine.

Autism is A blessing and Not a Curse

Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, and Thomas Jefferson are just a few names of autistic people in history who have been instrumental in shaping the world that we know today. While not all children with autism will become the next Mozart or Nikola Tesla, a sizeable proportion of people with an ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) possess incredible IQs and a unique talent for computer science. In fact, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, the two most influential people in the world of computer technology, are autistic.

So if you have a child who is autistic, consider it as a blessing and not a curse. You actually have a genius in your family and all you need is the best autism therapy that will help unlock your child’s unique potential and capability.